Summer at Cardrona

Summer at Cardrona is loads of FUN with new adventures during the warmer months! With options for the whole family, everyone can enjoy being up the mountain in summer during the day or at night. Our summer activities now include mountain carting, hiking, Alpine by Night experiences, summer tubing & of rsz_cardrona_nz_mountain_biking_day_lift_passescourse, mountain biking!

For those who like fast paced adventure, Cardrona offers lift accessed downhill mountain biking, mountain carting & summer tubing. If you prefer to holiday at a mellower pace, then our hiking trails, Alpine by Night experience & guided walks are perfect for you!

If you’d like to extend your stay in the mountains, treat yourself to a delicious evening meal in the Mezz Café or a night or two in our fully appointed on-mountain apartments.

Cardrona is open daily from December 27, 2016 – April 2, 2017 (open daily until February 12, then Fridays – Sundays only).

Cardrona Bike Park

rsz_19The Cardrona Bike Park features a variety of lift accessed bike trails for all types of peddlers to enjoy! There is plenty to explore not only for hardcore downhill riders, but also for recreational riders & families.

Whitestar Express is used to access Cardrona’s mountain biking trails. If you’re new to mountain biking, McDougall’s beginner trails are perfect for building confidence before tackling the more advanced trails. The young ones can test their skills in the kids’ park (located in the Base Area) that includes small ride-on features & jumps. Plus there are plenty of beginner-intermediate trails for everyone in between.

Cardrona Mountain Carting

Summer at Cardrona Mountain CartingCardrona’s popular gravity-fueled adventure is mountain carting! Our specially prepared mountain cart trail spans across two basins (Arcadia & Captains) with access via Whitestar.

The rugged three wheeled mountain carts are well designed for off-road use & have a low centre of gravity with hydraulic disc brakes. Sounds like fun yeah!?

Race your friends or cruise with the family on our unique mountain carts!


That’s right, you don’t need snow to go sliding on a tube! Our new summer tubing course is currently under construction & will be ready for Opening Day on December 27! For only $25 you’ll enjoy an hour on our specially designed tubing course… pure fun for the whole family! Check out our facebook page for updates on our tubing course construction. No experienced needed, just bring the whole family or your mates for a truly unique tubing experience…in summer!

Cardrona Walking & Hiking

Summer at Cardrona WalkingBreathe in the fresh alpine air & take in the stunning 360 degree Southern Alps vistas, without having to embark upon a multi-day excursion. You can choose between a gentle chairlift-assisted stroll to a viewing point, a guided walk, or a more adventurous hike exploring our many high alpine trails.

Alpine by Night


Summer at Cardrona Base Buildings at nightEnjoy the wonder of Cardrona at night! Indulge in a scrumptious dinner at the Mezz Cafe followed by a spectacular stargazing guided adventure. Finish the night on a high by staying the night in one of our fully appointed alpine apartments.

The Alpine by Night guided walk includes a guided walk under the starry skies to a stunning viewing point. Sip on mulled wine or hot chocolate while taking in the scenery as your guide shares stories & legends of the region’s history. Summer at Cardrona is bliss!